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Principles and Practice

Third Edition

April 2015 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Journalism: Principles and Practice is the must-have guide to everything you need to know about how journalism works. This new edition is fully updated to cover the new essentials: social media, the impact of Twitter, and the need for an ethical approach. 

This book will equip you with all the skills and savvy you need to become the resourceful yet ethical journalists of the future. New and improved features will help you:

  • Get to grips with the huge impact of social and mobile media on how we gather information and tell stories
  • Grasp the rights and wrongs of journalism with a new chapter on ethics and regulation
  • Learn how to make the most of your skills with tips and advice from digital and other journalists
  • Think through ‘what would you do?' in a new feature that takes you into the real world of journalism

This new edition retains its innovative two-column structure, stylishly blending theory and practice. As relevant to the newsroom as the seminar room, it is the one book you will need to take you through your degree and into your career as a journalist.

Chapter 1: The who, what, where, when, why and how of journalism
Chapter 2: Constraints, influences and ethics
Chapter 3: What is news?
Chapter 4: Where does news come from?
Chapter 5: ‘The best obtainable version of the truth’: journalists as objective reporters?
Chapter 6: ‘Be curious and sceptical’: journalists as investigators
Chapter 7: ‘We are in the entertainment business’: journalists as entertainers
Chapter 8: Interviewing for journalism
Chapter 9: Writing news
Chapter 10: Writing features
Chapter 11: Telling it in sound and vision
Chapter 12: Style for journalists
Chapter 13: An ethical approach to journalism
Chapter 14: Engaging with the audience and social media
Chapter 15: The future is unwritten: challenges facing the journalists of tomorrow

A holistic assessment of what journalism is all about, with plenty of enterprising interpretations of our trade - a word I prefer to 'profession'. I never met a more 'unprofessional' breed than that of my fellow hacks. This book will, I hope, lead our successors both to question and rebel more than we have.

Jon Snow
Channel 4 News

This is a terrific text: original in its blend of theory and practice; always eminently readable; packed with references, anecdotes and ideas – and bang up to date. Above all, Tony Harcup conveys throughout his passion for responsible, reflective journalism. A must for all committed to improving the media.

Richard Keeble
University of Lincoln

Engaging and valuable. This edition presents a thoroughly researched bedrock to teaching key concepts of journalism. Harcup's new offering of set ethical dilemmas is a seminar delight.

Paula Hearsum
University of Brighton

This new edition reflects how the internet has changed journalism and its landscape. Tony Harcup interlaces practical knowledge and theoretical insight in a user-friendly format to make this an excellent text for all categories of journalists and students.

Mercy Ette
University of Huddersfield

This is simply the best book for journalism students and their teachers that I have ever seen... Just over a decade ago Tony Harcup raised the bar when he used an innovative split-page technique to marry the often conflicting interests of journalism practice and the theoretical and ethical environment in which journalists operate. He has now upped the ante again with the e-book version of the third edition.

Gary Hudson
Journalism Education

Excellent text that engages students in both journalism theory and practice.

Ms Sharon Wheeler
Department of Journalism, University of The West of England
October 31, 2020

It's one of the best

Ms Mary Williams
Social, Historical & Literary Studies, Portsmouth University
August 22, 2016

A very accessible and informative take on a broad range of journalism skills and competencies. Essential reading for journalism students.

Ms Mary Williams
Social, Historical & Literary Studies, Portsmouth University
June 6, 2015

This is a very useful book that will be of great use for our students.

Dr Martina Topic
Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University
June 4, 2015

This is a very good book, but not quite what we need. It is a manual for practitioners. We needed something that covers the various theories of media and communications. However, for journalism students, this is the best book by far. It is superbly written and contains no fluff.

Mr Kenneth Anthony Wilkinson
Dept of Marketing, Ops & Digital Busin, Manchester Metropolitan University
May 29, 2015